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  • Contract Awarded to: Combs Construction
    Anticipated Start Date is September 2017
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The Grand Canalscape project will create a nearly 12-mile continuous trail system along the Grand Canal from 1-17 to the Phoenix/Tempe border and is part of a larger regional trail and crossing project, which will ultimately result in a continuous trail along the Grand Canal between Glendale and Tempe.The vision for the Canalscape project originated with Arizona Forward, a local organization. The Canalscape vision was further supported by the ReinventPHX community outreach effort in which residents voiced strong support for canal bank improvements along the Grand Canal.

Grand Canalscape Project Goals:

  • Develop a safe, convenient route for bicycle and pedestrian traffic along the bank of the Grand Canal including improved crossings where streets intersect with the canal.
  • Re-integrate the canal into surrounding neighborhoods through landscaping enhancements and neighborhood access points to the path providing better visibility, and ultimately appreciation of the canal system in Phoenix.

The Grand Canalscape Project is overseen by the City of Phoenix Street Transportation Department and the City’s Office of Arts and Culture.

Grand Canalscape Overview

Segments

  • 15th Avenue to 16th Street
  • 36th Street to 40th Street

Design / Improvements

Phase I will enhance the Grand Canal from approximately 15th Avenue to 16th Street and Indian School Road (Uptown Area) and near 36th Street terminating at 40th Street (Gateway North).  For the Uptown Area, the improvements include a multi-use commuter path along the north bank, pedestrian lighting, landscaping, public art elements, neighborhood links to local streets, and signalized trail crossings at Seventh Avenue, Central Avenue, and Seventh Street.  For Gateway North, a neighborhood path is proposed primarily along the south bank with neighborhood links to the local streets and minor public art elements along the pathway.

Timeline

  • Construction Starting - September 2017
  • Expected Completion – Fall 2018
Construction will take an estimated 12 to 18 months to complete.

Funding

Phase I is funded by the City of Phoenix and Salt River Project under the Municipal Aesthetics Program.

Segments

  • I-17 to 15th Avenue
  • 16th Street to 36th Street
  • 40th Street to the Phoenix/Tempe border at 56th Street

Design / Improvements

Design of Phase II of the Grand Canalscape project is now underway. The project is composed of three segments located along the Grand Canal alignment: Segment One from I-17 to 15th Avenue, Segment Two from 16th Street to 36th Street, and Segment Three, from 40th Street to the Phoenix/Tempe border at 56th Street. The combined segments of Grand Canalscape Phase II total nearly eight miles of trail which will connect to the trail system developed in Phase I, creating a continuous multimodal trail from I-17 to the Phoenix/Tempe border at 56th Street. The Grand Canalscape Phase II project improvements will include a hard surface trail along the north bank of the Grand canal, dusk-to-dawn lighting, neighborhood connections at some local streets, and signalized crossings where streets intersect with the canal.

Timeline

  • FHWA Design Plan Review - Summer 2017
  • Start Construction - Spring 2018 (Tentative)
Construction will take an estimated 12 to 18 months to complete

Funding

Phase II funding includes federal funds through a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant program, Salt River Project (SRP) Aesthetics Fund, and City of Phoenix funds.
Grandcanalscape Improvements By The Numbers
10 Miles of New Trail
18 New Street Crossings
17 Neighborhood Connections
Grand Canalscape In the Press
Phoenix residents can look forward to strolling along a beautiful canal soon — and they won’t have to leave the country to do it. The Grand Canalscape project is designed to reinvent Phoenix by integrating the canals into neighborhoods and adding lighted pathways along the north bank. “There are more...
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The City of Phoenix has won a $10.3 million U.S. Department of Transportation grant to build eight miles of paved multi-use path, high-intensity crosswalk beacons and pedestrian bridges along the Grand Canal. The improvements, the second phase of the Grand Canalscape project, will complete the trail along the waterway from...
An effort is underway to transform Phoenix-area canals into great public areas. The Grand Canalscape project would use art, landscaping and improved access to turn canals in the Valley into a continuous trail through Phoenix, Glendale and Tempe. Supporters of the project say Valley canals have been a mess. “For...
PHOENIX (KPHO/KTVK) - We rely on the Valley's canal system for our water, but some say the canals can be an eyesore. Saturday, you'll get a chance to give your opinion on the first phase of a major canal upgrade. There are "streetscape" projects and then there are "canalscape" projects....
PHOENIX (KPHO/KTVK) - We rely on the Valley's canal system for our water, but some say the canals can be an eyesore. Saturday, you'll get a chance to give your opinion on the first phase of a major canal upgrade. There are "streetscape" projects and then there are "canalscape" projects. When it...
The City of Phoenix is asking residents for input this weekend on a project to enhance its canal thoroughfares. The Grand Canalscape will be designed to provide a safe route for bicyclists and pedestrians away from car traffic and will help integrate the city’s canals into surrounding communities. In the...
Forget “The Valley of the Sun.” Imagine “The Venice of the Southwest.” It’s an idea that’s hard to fathom now, especially when most Valley residents think of canals as “ugly, smelly and dangerous,” says Nan Ellin, a former Arizona State University professor who conceived Canalscape with her students. Canalscape is...
"The annual expo and symposium known as Greenbuild is coming to Phoenix on Wednesday, and, as it happens, the Valley will be more than a mere venue. Canalscape, the exciting effort to transform land near the Valley's canal banks into attractive, water-centric developments, will be prominently featured at Greenbuild 2009....
Affiliates
Office of Arts and Culture
City Of Phoenix
SRP